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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. In the second chapter, it says that Ayinde has not had a close friend since when?
2. Who calls Becky and Andrew early in the morning?
3. How does Lia feel when the woman is talking about losing her son?
4. What profession does Becky's husband have?
5. Who is Ayinde's mother looking for when they arrive at the photo shoot?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why is Becky so devastated that the doctor wants to perform a c-section?
2. How does the "smelly monstrosity of a couch that the neighbor was throwing away" give Kelly flashbacks of her childhood?
3. When Lia tells her mother that "Something happened" her mother assures her that she cares. Lia awaits a sign that her mother cares. How does her mother show her that she cares?
4. Ayinde is experiencing pain and suffering when first introduced in "April Ayinde". Usually Ayinde is one that appears to have it all. In what ways is Ayinde experiencing pain and suffering?
5. What constitutes Lia's inability to come to grips with her baby's death?
6. What is the symbolism of Lia tucking her hair under the baseball cap as she heads for the Parents Together Grief group?
7. Why is Becky not happy with her mother-in-law moving to Philadelphia?
8. In "August Becky," what breakthroughs does Lia make with the loss of her son?
9. What changes Kelly's almost perfect world to a world of fear and panic in "June Kelly"?
10. Why does Richard, Ayinde's husband, appear to be ready to go on another trip?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
All of the friends underwent many changes during Little Earthquakes. One of the biggest transformations was with Lia. Describe how Lia changed in the story.
Essay Topic 2
Throughout the book, we learn about the main characters and their relationships with their mothers and/or mothers-in-law. Some of the main characters have strong relationships with their mothers and/or mothers-in-law; while others have poor relationships with their mothers and/or mothers-in-law. Write about the relationships of the four main characters with their mothers and/or mothers-in-law. Tell if the relationship is good or bad and what causes or has caused the relationship to be the way it is.
Essay Topic 3
There were many themes throughout the story. Choose one of them and describe how it develops throughout.
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